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Former Patriot Danny Amendola reportedly signing with Detroit Lions

Former Patriot Danny Amendola reportedly signing with Detroit Lions

This isn't exactly the reunion that Patriots fans were hoping for coming into this week. 

Former Patriot Danny Amendola will reportedly be heading to Detroit to team up with Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn, per ESPN's Dianna Russini

As soon as Amendola was released by the Dolphins last week, rumors began to fly about a potential return to Foxborough. 

Most recently, it was reported yesterday that both the team and Amendola had mutual interest in bringing the veteran back to New England. 

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While that interest may have been real, it didn't make a difference in the end. Amendola will be heading up north to join up with Matt Stafford. He plans to sign a one-year deal worth up to $5.75 million, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports

Now that Amendola isn't available, the Patriots' wide receiver issue looms larger. His signing wouldn't have solved all of their depth issues at the position, but he knew the system and would've been another dependable pair of hands for Brady to rely on. 

As the offseason starts to get rolling, the team must search elsewhere in their quest for receiving depth while Amendola heads to the NFC. 

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Patriots are dominating the NFL in this important defensive stat

Patriots are dominating the NFL in this important defensive stat

One of the most important aspects of football is tackling, and the New England Patriots do it better than every NFL team. Literally.

The Patriots, according to Pro Football Focus' Louie Benjamin, lead the NFL in missed tackle percentage through the first two weeks of the 2019 season. The team at the bottom of the rankings is the Tennessee Titans, who are coached by former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel.

Tackling is a huge point of emphasis on the practice field for the Patriots, and the results of that hard work clearly are being shown in a positive light on Sundays. 

The Patriots defense is off to a fantastic start overall. The unit has allowed just three points in two games -- a feat no team has accomplished since the Buffalo Bills in 1981.

New England also has forced five interceptions over two weeks, and two of them were returned for touchdowns in the team's 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The Patriots defense should continue to roll through opponents with relative ease given the softness of their upcoming schedule. It's possible the Patriots don't play against a starting quarterback with more than two years of experience until Week 11.

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Report: Nike ends shoe deal with Antonio Brown

Report: Nike ends shoe deal with Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown is no longer a Nike athlete.

According to Michael Silverman of The Boston Globe, Brown was dropped by Nike, a company that he had a shoe deal with. A spokesperson confirmed this on Wednesday when they said, "Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete."

Though the spokesperson declined to explain why the company had dropped Brown, it is likely related to the sexual assault and rape allegations that were brought against him a week and a half ago.

Nike is the second known partner to part ways with Brown in recent weeks. Helmet manufacturer Xenith parted with Brown just a couple of weeks after Brown had agreed to wear the Xenith Shadow to end his helmet controversy with the Oakland Raiders. Shortly after that happened, Brown was released and came to the New England Patriots.

Brown could see similar fallout from the other companies that sponsor him as the case against him continues to be in the public eye.

The Patriots are more worried about what Brown's status with the team will be moving forward. As of right now, there's "no way of knowing" what will happen with Brown, but he is reportedly expected to be eligible to play in Week 3 against the New York Jets. His week-to-week status will still be in question as he could be placed on the commissioner's exempt list at any time.

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